GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio - A man who renovates old homes in Ohio has found and returned the wallet lost by a Florida man more than 60 years ago. Jerry Busch says he was putting in wiring four years ago when he found Henry Leland’s wallet in the rafters of a house in Geneva-on-the-Lake, 45 miles northeast of Cleveland.
Friday, February 26, 2010
PINEY FLATS - The shooting happened when Terry Stonecipher said he “accidentally” shot 58-year-old Kathy Barnett twice while cleaning his gun. Stonecipher apparently shot himself a short time after deputies backed away from his mobile home and after he stopped talking to them by cell phone. ---...More
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Dubai - Shoppers at the Dubai Mall fled in terror today fearing that they were about to be engulfed by 10 million gallons of water holding 33,000 sea creatures. Mall security men donned life jackets and stores were ordered to shut up shop. ---...More
UK - Hundreds of wannabe Jedi warriors took the fight against evil to a galaxy not very far away by unleashing their lightsabers in a shopping center in England. Dozens of shoppers smuggled imitation weapons into the Cabot Circus shopping center in Bristol, southern England, to take part in what was dubbed “the world’s largest lightsaber fight.”---...More
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A southwestern county prison board says a permanent solution to toilet-clogging inmates at the county jail could cost up to $200,000. The Fayette County commissioners, who head the prison board, say inmates clog the county jail's outmoded sewer lines by flushing sheets, pants and other items - even light bulbs - down the toilets in their cells....---...More
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Police say two Florida teenagers are facing charges after 911 dispatchers heard them talking about breaking into cars when one teen's cell phone accidentally called 911 during a heist. Daytona Beach police say 19-year-old Stefanie Vargas and a 13-year-old boy are charged with burglary to a conveyance..---...More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Twitter’s founder says the Dalai Lama laughed at the thought of using the social networking service. But the Tibetan spiritual leader now has an official Twitter site - and more than 68,000 followers. A Twitter page set up by the Dalai Lama’s office in India carried its first message. It mentioned that the Dalai Lama had been in L.A. and gave a Web site link for details.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A group opposed to increasing Michigan's taxes wasn't about to let a good snowstorm go to waste. Common Sense in Government crafted more than three dozen snowmen on the state Capitol lawn to greet lawmakers Tuesday. The snowmen, complete with menacing or sad faces, hold signs with slogans including "Don't raise our taxes!" and "I'm mad and I vote."...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A 250-pound blue Great Dane from Arizona gives new meaning to the term "big dog." Guinness World Records says Giant George from Tucson is the tallest dog ever on record. Guinness said Monday that he stands 3 feet, 7 inches tall from paw to shoulder, which is three-quarters of an inch taller than his closest rival - Titan, a white Great Dane from San Diego....---...More
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
LONDON - The British queen’s astronomer says extraterrestrial aliens “could be staring us in the face” in a form we are simply unable to recognize. Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society science group and astronomer toQueen Elizabeth II, said that humans might not be able to recognize aliens even if they were looking right at them...MOre
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A man who is only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall left his home country of Nepal on Sunday in a quest to be recognized as the world's shortest man. Khagendra Thapa Magar is traveling to Europe to campaign for the Guinness World Record title. He applied to London-based group for a place in the record book in October, soon after turning 18, but said he has not received any response---...More
Monday, February 22, 2010
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- The state Department of Public Health is investigating an incident at a food supplier kitchen that left glass fragments in a batch of chicken noodle soup. The soup went to several customers of FoodService Partners Inc., including Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California
Germany - Thousands unexpectedly turned out for a nearly naked sledging contest sponsored by a radio station. Completely taken by surprise, authorities in the small town in Lower Saxony struggled to deal with the massive crowds. But the logistical challenges didn’t keep around 30 contestants from stripping down to their panties or briefs.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tracy, California - Residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary. Or, there’s the option of not signing up for the annual fee. Instead, they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help.
Japan - Kit Kat bars are now available from Nestle in 19 new flavours that reflect specialities from regions across Japan, ranging from sweet potatoes from Okinawa to melons from Hokkaido, strawberries from Tochigi, green tea from Kyoto and soy sauce from Tokyo.More
But even he will profess to being impressed by the financial dexterity of a group of Easter Road fans who have turned 50p into £60 – and counting.What began as a bit of banter between Petrie and th.More
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont convenience store clerk foiled a robbery after the would-be robber demanded $200 cash. Said clerk Michael Patel: "Let me call my wife." With that, Vermont State Police said, a 21-year-old man ran from Ascutney Sunoco. He was later caught and charged with two counts of petty larceny. He pleaded not guilty Thursday in Vermont District CourtMore
Friday, February 19, 2010
Newark, New Jersey - Parts of Newark Liberty International Airport were closed again this week due to a security breach, the second security snafu in six weeks. A passenger was flagged for having suspicious objects in his carry-on bag but a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said that agents stopped the wrong passenger for rescreening and the passenger with the suspicious objects got away. ---...More
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa man has been charged with trying to set his father on fire with a makeshift blowtorch. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported a 52-year-old man doused his 77-year-old father with gasoline Sunday night. Then the son reportedly made a blowtorch with a can of bug spray and a lighter. Deputies said he sprayed it at his father but missed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A Des Moines man who accepted a ride offered by a motorist told police he was robbed by the supposed good Samaritan. Matthew Lee Scott, 23, said after his vehicle ran out of gasoline on Tuesday a man stopped and offered to take him to a gas station---...More
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Shreveport police said a man accused of brandishing a box-cutter in an attempted holdup was found inside a box, in his bedroom closet. Cpl. Bill Goodin, a police spokesman, said a 34-year-old man was arrested late Tuesday and booked into the Caddo Parish jail on one count of attempted armed robbery. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bond-----...More
Thursday, February 18, 2010
CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) -- A southwestern Pennsylvania woman was charged with hitting her adult son with a Louisville Slugger after she allegedly came home drunk. Linda Newstrom, 49, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 25 on simple assault and other crimes in Valentine's Day incident---...More
UK - Fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his wardrobe after leaving a note at the scene, an inquest heard today. McQueen’s apparent suicide came just days after the death of his beloved mother, Joyce. The fashion designer is thought to have killed himself on the eve of her funeral.
New York - West Seneca police say they have identified the man who was caught on surveillance cameras taking seven bottles of Head and Shoulders shampoo from a local drug store. Daniel Wolf, 40, of Clare Street in Buffalo, is wanted on a warrant for petit larceny in West Seneca in connection with a theft at the Rite Aid.---...More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Australia - A man attacked a plane in the Northern Territory with a machete in an effort to stop his promised wife leaving. Karlson Bara, 24, was at home on Bickerton Island when he heard his wife was leaving on a charter plane with her family. He picked up a four-pronged fishing spear and machete and sprinted to the airport.---...More
DENVER (AP) -- This Robin Hood is accused of stealing - and not to give to the poor. Authorities said a 34-year-old named Robin Joshua Hood found someone's wallet in downtown Denver and apparently began using the man's name in a ploy to avoid being caught on a warrant. Hood told investigators he was being investigated for drug charges---...More
Italy - A top Italian food writer has been suspended indefinitely from the country’s version of the television programme Ready Steady Cook for recommending stewed cat to viewers as a “succulent dish”. RAI, the public broadcasting network, said that it had dropped Beppe Bigazzi, 77, for offering the recipe on La Prova del Cuoco, which is broadcast at midday on the main channel. ---...More
Monday, February 15, 2010
UK - The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
JERUSALEM - Palestinian protesters have added a colorful twist to demonstrations against Israel’s separation barrier, painting themselves blue and posing as characters from the hit film “Avatar.” The demonstrators also donned long hair and loincloths for the weekly protest against the barrier near the village of Bilin.More
Moody - Well, for all of you couples out there… It’s about that time! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and a restaurant chain is spicing things up just for you. At the Waffle House you’ll come in and the tables will be set up with red linen. You have the candlelight. Most of our employees, waiters, and waitresses will have on white shirts.More
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Chile - On the 2008 batch of 50 peso coins, which are worth about 6p, the country’s name was misspelt. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E stamped on them, the BBC reports. If that wasn’t bad enough, no one noticed the spelling mistake until late 2009. The general manager of the mint has been fired. ---...More
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) -- A buck is all it will take to buy a bungalow in one Detroit suburb. That's what Taylor officials are asking for a two-story Arts and Crafts-Style home built in 1926 that features four bedrooms and two bathrooms
STONE MOUNTAIN, Georgia - Stephenson Middle School Spanish teacher Rafer Lamar Grier is in jail, charged with four counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of statutory rape. Court documents said Grier had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 16 in January and April of 2008. Grier was indicted nearly a month ago, but he was still teaching at Stephenson until he was arrested. ---...More
Glasgow, Scotland - A spokesman for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the official will consider a submission from Glasgow lawyer John Macaulay to overturn the 1752 murder conviction of James Stewart, who has long been believed innocent of the crime due to a lack of evidence.---...More
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A Cedar Rapids woman was accused of arranging her daughter's effort at prostitution. Mary J. Doolin was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 29 incident in Coralville. Police said Doolin sent her daughter to meet an undercover officer who had contacted her during a prostitution investigation. According to police, Doolin's daughter, 37-year-old Debra Voshell, was later charged with pandering---...More
Thursday, February 11, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Brooklyn woman said a mugger stole a doggie coat right off the back of her mild-mannered terrier. Donna McPherson said she tied up Lexie, her 10-year-old Westie, outside a Park Slope supermarket "for two minutes" while she bought milk. She heard a "funny bark." When McPherson went outside, she found the little white dog shivering. His green wool coat, with leather trim and belt, were nowhere in sight---...More
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Manhattan Beach police have arrested a man they claim tried to buy urine from boys at an elementary school. Sgt. Brian Brown said an 18-year-old man was arrested on Monday for investigation of annoying children. He remained jailed Wednesday on $150,000 bail. Authorities believe the man walked into a restroom at Pacific Elementary School last week and offered two boys several dollars to urinate in a cup. School officials said they refused---...More
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg shortly after leaving a Jupiter gun store. Police said the unidentified man went to Chuck's Guns and Ammo Monday afternoon, looking for batteries for the laser sight on a small handgun. When the man was back in his car, the gun accidentally fired, hitting him in the leg---...More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) -- New Castle County Police said a man pointed a gun at a neighbor who was shoveling snow on Saturday at the Hampton Walk Apartments. A man told police a neighbor came outside while he was shoveling, pointed a gun and threatened to shoot him if he didn't stop shoveling snow onto his car---...More
DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio fire department says the smell of decaying radishes prompted calls from residents worried about a possible gas leak. Tiffin Township Volunteer Fire Department near Defiance in northwest Ohio responded to five reports of suspicious smells in the last 45 days. A field of oilseed radishes, planted as a cover crop that adds nutrients to the field, is near a natural gas compression station and a gas exchange station---...More
SHORELINE, Washington - Sheriff?s deputies said a 17-year-old boy crashed his parents? car through the doors of Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, then drove it down the hall. The car finally stopped 75 yards later when it hit a security office.
Florida - What two fourth-grade teachers at Westchase Elementary School apparently thought was a creative way to calm students about to take the FCAT made at least one caregiver fear the teachers were sending a different message - that taking drugs while under stress is OK. Sandy Young walked into her grandson?s fourth-grade classroom last Thursday and saw pill bottles on each students? desk.
Monday, February 8, 2010
CALLAHAN, Florida - A Florida woman, 66, said she has to crawl between two railroad cars to go anywhere from her home after being trapped by the cars. Aretha Brown said a train parked 40 cars on the tracks that run in front of her Callahan house Dec. 27 — and just left them there.---...More
GREENDALE, Wisconsin - A police detective tased a man in Southridge Mall Saturday. The 20-year-old man fell to the floor and unresponsive. Everyone in that part of the mall stopped what they were doing. They were practically silent as they watched rescue workers struggle to bring him back.---...More
Cleveland, Tennessee - City officials said red light cameras in the city seem to be effective, but the company furnishing the cameras has asked that the cameras come down. Accordingly, they will be removed at the end of March. The firm that supplied the cameras said both it and the city have been losing money on the operation. ---...More
Sunday, February 7, 2010
New Zealand - Police are astounded at the behaviour of an offender who showed more concern for the meat pie he was eating than the man he?d allegedly just stabbed. The man pleaded with officers to let him finish eating his meat pie before he was cuffed. He was accused of stabbing his stepson in the neck.---...More
Australia - Taxpayers are helping to pay for overweight cops to have radical gastric-banding stomach surgery as part of a fat-busting initiative. The West Australian Police and the police union have agreed to pay up to $2,000 towards lap-banding operations for obese officers in a bid to counter chronic illnesses. ---...More
It?s designed for young girls ages 8 and older, but some say the mysterious product is a ?dangerous spiritual game? that opens up anyone, particularly Christians, to attacks on their soul. The Bible explicitly states ?not to mess with spirits? and that using a Ouija board will leave a person?s soul vulnerable to attack. ---...More
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A pot-smoking parolee in Colorado faces criminal charges for allegedly offering a cash bribe to try to pass a drug test. Police said a 34-year-old man tried Jan. 3 to bribe a state worker to allow him to use a device called a "Whizzinator" to pass a drug test he had to take while on parole. The man allegedly said he had a medical marijuana card, though officials couldn't confirm whether that was true
Saturday, February 6, 2010
BENTON, La. (AP) -- A Bossier Parish sheriff's spokesman said a man was booked with resisting an officer for allegedly eating marijuana after a deputy stopped his car for a loud exhaust. Sheriff's spokesman Ed Baswell said a 24-year-old man seemed nervous when he was stopped late TuesdayMore
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police say a Massachusetts man who stuffed 75 bottles of body lotion in his pants couldn't slip away from authorities, hampered by slacks that were nearly bursting at the seamsMore
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a heroin addict pretended to be an employee at a western Pennsylvania Kmart so he could steal merchandise to feed his drug habit. Charles Tankersley, 34, remained jailed on theft charges and it's not clear if he has an attorney.More
Friday, February 5, 2010
Los Angeles, California - Rapper Kanye West threw a fit at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night on his way back to New York from the Grammys. The incident occurred after he and his assistant were seated in business class instead of first. He wanted to be bumped up. ---...More
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Ten members of a U.S. missionary group who tried to take 33 children out of Haiti after the nation?s devastating earthquake were charged with child kidnapping and criminal association. Group leader Laura Silsby has said they were trying to take orphans and abandoned children to an orphanage in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Enraged by protesters likening him to a "big and stupid" water buffalo, Indonesia's president has ordered the beasts and other animals banned at street rallies, a decision some Indonesians said shows their leader can't handle criticism---...More
Thursday, February 4, 2010
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee sheriff's deputy arrested on a drunken driving charge wound up in a dog house before he was taken to the big house. The Kingsport Times-News reported the details of a Tennessee Highway Patrol arrest report, which said 47-year-old Samuel Monroe Bledsoe was kicking the windows of a trooper's cruiser on his way to a hospital for a blood test---...More
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Jefferson County jury has awarded a former stripper $100,000 in a lawsuit in which she claimed the club that employed her failed to stop her from driving home after her on-the-job drinking. Patsy Hamaker of Bessemer was injured in a wreck after leaving work at The Furnace on Oct. 17, 2007. She said she can no longer dance because of her injuries.---...More
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- The donated cantaloupe that arrived at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center looked more like a pumpkin. Jail Administrator Phil Stanley said there was a noticeable cut around the top. And jail officers who intercepted the melon Monday before it reached inmates found tobacco and a baggie full of oxycodone pills stuffed inside....---...More
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, police warned Wednesday---...More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Australia - The man boarded the bus, which was stopped in traffic, forced the driver off and told passengers to stay put. However, he failed to start the bus before off-duty Senior Constable Michael Tillman arrived. The man lunged at the officer with the chisel before fleeing.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Austin police say a man who called 911 to complain about alleged bank fraud was arrested when he was found with a machete and 20 other knives or blades. Douglas Dockery, 50, was jailed Monday on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon, plus having prohibited weapons such as a switchblade or knuckles.---...More
BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) -- There are matchmakers and then there are match breakers, such as the Huron County judge who sent a woman to jail for polygamy and gave her six months to divorce one of her husbands. Lorri L. Freesland of Kinde pleaded guilty to the charge in December
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- It was a Zinger of a theft in Tennessee. It also included cupcakes, Twinkies and other snack cakes from the Merita Bread Company. The Kingsport Times-News cites a report from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in reporting 34-year-old James M. Denoon and 18-year-old Anthony Stout were found hiding under a truck at the bakery late Friday night..
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Police in the Swedish capital said they arrested a man who allegedly pushed 19 mice through the mail slot of his musophobic ex-wife. The 37-year-old woman woke up at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday and discovered her apartment was full of mice. ---...More
FORT PIERCE, Florida - A 30-year-old Fort Pierce man is accused of attacking a relative with a knife because the relative had turned off the TV, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff?s Office arrest affidavit. His relative said Yanez-Mejia grabbed a knife, chased him around the house and threatened to kill him. ---...More
Edinburgh, Scotland - A 19-year-old Scottish man who admitted to threatening his grandmother?s parrot for interrupting his sleep was ordered to apologize with chocolates. McKinsley, who spent the weekend in jail, was sentenced by Edinburgh Sheriff Court to buy his grandmother a box of chocolates as an apology. ---...More
Monday, February 1, 2010
LOWELL, Massachusetts - Police say a lumber truck crashed into a Massachusetts home after the driver was knocked unconscious when he choked on chili from Wendy?s. Lowell police say Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out.
South Africa - The South African president, Jacob Zuma, is reported to have has fathered a 20th child with the daughter of a friend. Mr Zuma, 67, is a proud Zulu traditionalist, and as well as his polygamy - he married his third current wife and fifth overall, Thobeka Madiba, earlier this month - he has had a number of children out of wedlock.---...More
Massachusetts - Matthew Delorey of Massachusetts has been arrested this week, accused of selling hacked Comcast cable modems that would allow buyers to have free Internet access. Delorey has also been charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud, each of which has a maximum sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000 USD.---...More
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A news report says a Malaysian court has ordered two lovers to pay a fine of four buffaloes and a pig after they were found guilty of having an illicit affair. The Star newspaper says the Native Court in Penampang district on Borneo island ruled Friday that the man and woman must compensate their communities with the animals, valued at about 6,000 ringgit ($1,800), for their tryst. ---...More